Movie Review: Monster! Martians! Mad Scientists! Horror in the Atomic Age!

Horror in the Atomic AgeI love documentaries on the horror / sci-fi genres, especially when you get to hear from the people that were directly involved with them. There are ALWAYS great stories that we usually never get to hear unless you catch one of them at a convention, or maybe an extra on DVD or Blu-ray. So when I first heard of this new 3-disc documentary called Monster! Martians! Mad Scientists! Horror in the Atomic Age!, it had my interests. When I discovered the price was only $15, I did have some doubts because it was so cheap, especially for 3 discs, but I figured at that price, it was worth taking the chance.

I’m glad I did!

The 3 discs are divided into time frame categories. The first one, entitled The Atomic Age, starts in the early ’50s and gives us a look back at that time and the films that were coming out. While this is about the movies, we get to hear and understand what was going on at that time period, with the constant threat of atomic destruction hovering over their heads, and how that effected the movies. The second disc, entitled A World Gone Mad, covers the second half of the ’50s with the big-bug movies, alien invasions, 3-D movies, and more. The last disc, called Fade to Red, covers the early ’60s and how times were changing, due to the Vietnam War, the Civil unrest, and how the films were reflecting that with more realistic gore and terror. Continue reading

Movie Review: Return of the Killer Shrews

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Return of the Killer Shrews (2012)
Directed by Steve Latshaw
Starring James Best, John Schneider, Bruce Davison, Jennifer Lyons, Jason Shane Scott, Rick Hurst, Sean Flynn

It is a well known fact that I am not the biggest fan of newer low budget films. They tend not to be too creative in using their small budget. But over the last couple of years, I have seen a few movies that were really giving me hope for these types of films. Titles like Dead Weight, Found, The Invoking (formally known as Sader Ridge), and the more recent Resolution, really have shown me that there are still talented people out there that are concerned about a good story, quality acting, and using the money they have to the fullest extent, turning out really decent movies. And when the money is not there, creative imagination comes into play to make the most of it.

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